Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that unites bold concepts in a finely balanced aesthetic. Provocative, striking designs are counterpointed by a distinctive minimalism that has been in place ever since they were founded in 1968.
But it was only after years of dedication and resourcefulness that the young Calvin was able to create his vision of easy style. As a sketcher at coat manufacturers Dan Millstein, he received a full education in fashion, despite describing the experience as akin to be ‘thrown to the snake-pit’. Dissatisfied, he raised just enough money to get samples made – and enjoyed a stroke of luck when the vice-president of Bronwit Teller came across one of his coats hanging on a studio door.
This launched his precipitous rise, and it wasn’t long before Calvin Klein was bringing his unique vision to the world of fragrance. Such was his conviction that he took the rare step of backing the collection with his own personal fortune. It was a decision that would be made worth it when Obsession, and its iconic Kate Moss-led campaign, became a global sensation.
Further innovation has seen the release of such modern-day classics as CK One and deep Euphoria, establishing Calvin Klein as one of the world’s leading fragrance brands.